Extreme Dessert Tasting

Slave to sweet chow Sailorbuoys pushed herself through the cruelest mission possible: sampling desserts from five restaurants, carefully selected with advice from fellow Chowhounds.

Sailorbuoys reports: the best desserts were at Oliveto, Delfina, and Bar Tartine. Second best: Ame (conservative), Lalime’s and Rubicon (wild). And the worst? Campton Place and Salt House.

The dessert spread at Oliveto is “clean, simple, and perfect.” The cocoa nib panna cotta is silky smooth, with all the flavor of chocolate but none of the fatty weight. Bar Tartine scores with an excellent creamy, clean beet ice cream with chocolate cake.

The wrapup: “SF likes to follow trends,” says Sailorbuoys. “Chocolate mousse, doughnuts and attempts at odd pairings appear to be all the rage. Seasonality still has a long way to travel, even in our organic-local-farmers’ market driven city.” Rworange points out, “at least they are over the huckleberry thing.”

Ame [SOMA]
689 Mission Street, San Francisco

415-284-4040
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Bar Tartine [Mission]
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco

415-487-1600
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Delfina Restaurant [Mission]
3621 18th Street, San Francisco
415-552-4055
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Lalime’s [East Bay]
1329 Gilman Street, Berkeley
510-527-9838
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Oliveto Café and Restaurant [Rockridge]
5655 College Avenue, Oakland
510-547-5356
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Pizzeria Delfina [Mission]
3611 18th Street, San Francisco
415-437-6800
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Range [Mission]
842 Valencia Street, San Francisco
415-282-8283
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Rubicon [Financial District]
558 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
415-434-4100
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Salt House [SOMA]
545 Mission Street, San Francisco

415-543-8900
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Board links: Bay Area Dessert Tour: A Very Long Report
Dessert Only: SF Restaurants

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